Last week, Ray released his top 10 pitchers for 2011, and it brought about a lot of discussion. With that in mind, here's my top 10:
(All stats for 2010 are through Thursday's games)
1 - Roy Halladay (PHI) - 17 wins, 196 strikeouts, 2.36 ERA, 1.05 WHIP - What is there to be said about Halladay? He is one of the best pitchers in the game, and is definitely as consistent as it comes as well. When drafting pitchers this high, consistency is what makes the difference to me.
2 - Felix Hernandez (SEA) - 11 wins, 209 strikeouts, 2.30 ERA, 1.09 WHIP - I think that we're actually going to see even better numbers from King Felix next season, especially in the win column. I think he actually could post a sub-2 ERA over a full season.
3 - Adam Wainwright (STL) - 18 wins, 191 strikeouts, 2.38 ERA, 1.03 WHIP - Another excellent season from Wainwright, and definitely looks good for next season as well.
4 - Josh Johnson (FLA) - 11 wins, 186 strikeouts, 2.30 ERA, 1.11 WHIP - Clearly the injury concern isn't good, but he's been dominant throughout the season.
5 - Cliff Lee (TEX/FA) - 10 wins, 161 strikeouts, 3.37 ERA, 1.03 WHIP - I want to see him take his next start still, but nobody is as much of a control artist as Lee, and with him an impending free agent, hopefully he'll end up in a great pitching situation. He could be as high as 3 to me.
6 - C.C. Sabathia (NYY) - 19 wins, 170 strikeouts, 3.14 ERA, 1.21 WHIP - The WHIP is a bit of a concern, but he's as steady as they come, and is a lock for 15+ wins and 200+ strikeouts every season.
7 - Ubaldo Jimenez (COL) - 18 wins, 178 strikeouts, 2.79 ERA, 1.15 WHIP - I'm a believer, I think this is real, and while the ERA will probably go up somewhat, he should still be around 3.00
8 - Jon Lester (BOS) - 16 wins, 196 strikeouts, 3.26 ERA, 1.19 WHIP - He's another one who is having a very good season somewhat quietly, and to me is a lock to strikeout 200 with low ERA/WHIP.
9 - Tim Lincecum (SF) - 13 wins, 199 strikeouts, 3.69 ERA, 1.31 WHIP - I think this is the point where I buy back in on Lincecum. He has #1 upside, and honestly his season still hasn't been that terrible. The WHIP is a concern going forward, but I think he'll bounce back somewhat.
10 - Mat Latos (SD) - 14 wins, 170 strikeouts, 2.21 ERA, 0.96 WHIP - No innings limit next season most likely, and half his starts in Petco always makes a good thing. I think he could honestly end up around 225-250 strikeouts next season and a sub 2.5 ERA. We could be talking about him as a top-3 starter by the end of 2011.